Mascarade Emerging Artists 2022/24 will run from 1 September 2022 to 30 June 2024.


Our training framework is based on insights from performance psychology research in a variety of domains such as sports, business, health and education. As a multi-layered, integrative training framework with internal follow-up systems, it comprises and connects a number of theories and models in the areas of coaching, practice and performance.


Self-regulation is the key to a successful performance. We teach our artists how to regulate their emotions, their thoughts, their attention, indeed their entire learning and performance process.

My job is to allow artists to perform without excuses and without the fear of failure, to perform because they have a deep seated desire to express the human condition through music.

Dr Ralph Strehle, Director of Performance at Mascarade Emerging Artists

I’m interested in the individuality of the artist, in trying to help each singer find and express their unique musical voice. From the moment we are born, we breathe and use our voices to express ourselves with pitch, modulation and dynamic through a natural bodily engagement prompted by the relevant emotion. I work with singers to find that same natural emotional and physical connection with their material, lifting it from something “learned” to something real and personal.”

Julia Lynch, Joint Head of Music at Mascarade Emergent Artists

There isn’t another instrument which can touch or affect as much as the human voice. When it’s in place and expressive, there’s a veracity, a fourth dimension that it enters. There is nothing so powerful and nothing so simple. However, it is difficult to achieve this. My aim is always to try to help the singer find this freedom of expression, and to sing with artistry, beauty and longevity.

Jonathan Papp, Joint Head of Music at Mascarade Emerging Artists



“Working with Ralph has been one of the stand-out experiences of my training. A natural leader, listener and practitioner; his teaching is truly inspiring and his influence is felt almost instantly.”

Stephanie Maitland, Mezzo-soprano, Vienna State Opera Young Artist Programme (2021/22)


“Julia is a world-class coach who (luckily for us) has chosen to work with young people and help us develop in every way – musically, artistically and also personally! As a young singer, it is so important to have someone guide you in the right direction, suggest the best repertoire which suits your voice and overcome all sorts of technical, linguistic and performance issues. Julia was that person for me. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend years with her guidance and under her wing.”

Svetlina Stoyanova, Mezzo-soprano, First Place prize winner at the 2017 Neue Stimmen singing competition


“I have been working with Jonathan Papp since my time as a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is a fantastic coach with a wealth of knowledge of operatic and song repertoire but especially Bel Canto and Verismo. He has, without a doubt, played an essential part in my development as a singer.”

Freddie de Tommaso, Tenor